James L. James, 80, of Johnsville passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital following an extended illness.
The son of Wylie and Ottie (Valandingham) Jones, James was born March 5, 1936 in Grahn, Kentucky. On April 26, 1962, he married Barbara Bryant.
James first worked for Martin Steel, and later for Dominion Electric. The majority of his career was in Mansfield with AK Steel where he was trained in numerous departments. A strong union supporter, he was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 169.
James enjoyed sports, and was dedicated to the teams of Ohio. He’d watch the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Indians and Browns. James fished locally at the Clear Fork Reservoir, as well as Lake Erie and at Grayson Lake in Kentucky. He also enjoyed hunting. James attended Pleasant Grove Community Church.
Most importantly James was a family man who was proud of his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Barbara James, of Johnsville; two sons and daughters-in-law J.E. and Jaime James, of Johnsville and Jeff and Joy James, of Galion; grandchildren Ryan, Jesse, Sarah, Hannah, and Hayden James, Devin Walker, and Selena Jane James; great grandchildren Landon and Skyla; sister-in-law Sue Lynn James, of Mansfield; numerous nieces, nephews extended family and a large circle of friends.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings Imajean Sammons, Naomi Bond, Charles, Elmer, and Buefford James.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. Pastors Mark Dettmer and Earl Tackett will officiate and burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Johnsville Fire Department or Pleasant Grove Community Church may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.